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Summer is supposed to be here but the weather does not want to cooperate. It’s been cool here but in the south they are receiving something they don’t need—rain. The ground in southern areas must be saturated and there are a number of southern golf courses that aren’t fully playable. Some courses still have some flood problems.

A lot of golf courses in our province are having water problems. While some are completely closed, others are only playing nine holes. Courses in Saskatoon opened on Good Friday and from what I’ve seen, are in excellent shape. Greens, tees, and fairways at my old club are awesome.

I’m sure everyone is tired of our rotten weather and are anxious for spring, particularly with the warmer temperatures in April. I’m sure some people are very concerned that there will be an abundance of water, delaying the opening of golf courses and parks. The ground saturated by last summer’s rains won’t help either.

It’s been a long winter and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to spring. One thing is sure however, we will have lots of water around. Some golf courses will have too much, which will delay this spring.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas with lots of presents and especially good cheer. All the best to everyone in 2011 and especially good health. I hope we have a better summer than last year, with great conditions and lots of golfers.

Thank you to everyone who has helped STA whether be hosting a field day or year-end tournament or your attendance at a seminar or meeting. You are showing support for our Association and our industry.

The end of the season and time to sit back and reflect on a challenging year for golf courses and parks. It is also time to prepare for our Fall Wind-Up and Annual General Meeting, November 23rd at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. An agenda of the events for the day will appear with this newsletter. Your attendance at this event will benefit your golf club and you could do well to bring your Manager or Greens Chairman or President along.

The highlight for the month of September for one, at least, was the inaugural induction ceremony for the Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame. The STA was a big part of this event. I would like to thank the golf courses who sponsored various tees for the golf tournament. Your participation was appreciated. Peter Semko, an STA honourary life member was inducted this first year.

The S.T.A. Research Tournament is now history. We were pleased with turnout – the weather was great and we made some much needed money for turfgrass research. Pat Kachur and Don Best were perfect hosts and had their golf course in excellent shape as well as preparing an excellent banquet.

Let's start this month by writing about the S.T.A Research Tournament. By participating in this event you'll help the Saskatchewan Turfgrass Association fulfill its mission which encourages and promotes turf research in our industry. We need your team to register as soon as possible.

About the STA

  • Saskatchewan's Turfgrass Association, founded in 1979, is a non-profit organization. The S.T.A. was organized by a group of Turfgrass Professionals which has grown to include people from Parks, Golf Courses, Sod Growers, Cities and Commercial Companies.